2008 Award Recipients
Botanical Society of America Awards 2008
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 awards provided by the Botanical Society of America. Here we provide recognition for outstanding efforts and contributions to the science of botany. We thank you for your support of these programs.
Botanical Society of America AWARDS
Botanical Society of America Merit Awards | SPECIAL AWARD - Dr. Pamela Soltis | SPECIAL AWARD - Dr. Karen Renzaglia | SPECIAL AWARD - Ms. Mackenzie Taylor | Graduate Student Research Awards | Young Botanist Awards
Charles Edwin Bessey Award | Vernon I. Cheadle STAs | Michael Cichan Award | Conant "Botanical Images" STAs | Isabel Cookson Award | George R. Cooley Award | Darbaker Prize | Katherine Esau Award |
John S. Karling & BSA Graduate Student Research Awards | Lawrence Memorial Award | Margaret Menzel Award | Maynard Moseley Award |
Emanuel D. Rudolph Award |
Grady L. Webster Award | Edgar T. Wherry Award
Student Travel Awards - Developmental & Structural | Ecological | Genetics | Mycological | Phycological | Phytochemical | Pteridological | Southeastern
Student Presentation and Research Awards -
Developmental & Structural Section Best Student Poster Award | Ecological Section Award for the best Student Poster |
Genetics Section Graduate Student Research Awards |
Physiological Section Li-Cor Prize | Physiological Section Poster Award | Southeastern Section STA
The Botanical Society of America's MERIT AWARD
The Merit Award is the highest honor given by the Botanical Society of America. It is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science of botany. This year we are pleased to honor:
- Dr. Thomas Rost, University of California Davis
- Dr. Thomas L. Rost is one of the world’s foremost researchers on root development. His research record spans four decades and includes more than 140 published papers in highly regarded journals, with 82 on root structure and development, plus 10 co-authored and co-edited books. These studies have laid down the foundations for understanding of root apical growth, especially involving cell cycle control and meristem function, lateral root production, root differentiation, epidermis and rootcap development, and root meristem structure in an evolutionary context. Tom’s papers have corrected the misconceptions about Arabidopsis that have dominated the previous 15 years of research on that model plant for developmental and molecular studies. He has led his students and post-doctoral researchers to a modern and accurate understanding of the development of this model root system. Specifically, he and his colleagues have shown that the architecture of the root apical meristem changes as the meristem ages. Also of particular importance, he has shown that the pattern of root apical meristem ontogeny is associated with periclinal divisions and gives rise to a three-dimensional arrangement of periclinal derivatives arranged in a helix.
Further, Tom has gone beyond Arabidopsis to put it in the context of root organization in angiosperms, especially dicotyledons, as a whole. Tom’s research on root apical meristems of a broad range of species (Azolla, pea, maize, cotton) have provided an important framework for understanding the streamlined structure of Arabidopsis roots. He has enabled his group to make unique contributions to understanding the structure and development of this genetic model organism. Tom Rost has done more than any other current structural botanist to bring the plant root to our attention as a dynamic developmental entity. However, his research has not been limited to roots. He has authored or co-authored impressive articles regarding seed structure and histochemistry, plant morphogenesis, and agriculture, and especially the recent studies on Pierce’s disease in grapevine. Further, Tom’s contributions to botanical education via his teaching/mentoring and his writings have been quite well known and recognized. With great pleasure, the Botanical Society of America is proud to recognize Dr. Thomas L. Rost with this highest award.
- Dr. Warren Wagner, National Museum of Natural History
- The botanical community is indebted to Dr. Warren L. Wagner for his major contributions: monography of Oenothera, The Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii, studies on speciation and relationships of Marquesan plants, and service at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) are among those that will be most remembered. Born January 8, 1950 (Las Cruces, New Mexico), Warren early showed the enthusiasm for the New Mexico landscape. His work on Oenothera for his doctorate (1981) was at Washington University, St. Louis (Peter Raven, advisor). In 1982, he undertook what was probably one of the most difficult and at the same time, the most needed contribution in floristic botany: a flora of Hawaii. The previous flora (Hillebrand, 1888) was out of date, and subsequent contributions featured varied species concepts and were published in scattered places. The 1990 Manual (rev. 1999) was a major factor in permitting botanists to explore the amazing insular evolutionary phenomena that the Hawaiian flora contains. Wagner’s work on islands continued with the Marquesas, where cladistic studies and contributions using DNA permitted an understanding of the biogeographic nature of the remote and neglected archipelago. Wagner is both imaginative and practical, and has served as Chair of Botany at the Smithsonian, managed funds for IAPT and ASPT, and served in numerous capacities for professional societies. Moreover, his genial presence, encouragement, and knowledge have helped advance the careers of younger scientists. Thus, his identity in monographic, floristic, and phylogenetic botany has been multiplied significantly.
- Charles Edwin Bessey Award (BSA in association with the Teaching Section and Education Committee)
- Dr. Beverly Brown, Nazareth College - Dr. Beverly Brown is an Associate Professor of Biology, at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, and Immediate Past Chair of the Teaching Section of the Botanical Society of America. Dr. Brown was instrumental in the development of the BSA’s Planting Science project, providing the model for the project’s first activity, called “Planting Seeds.” The “Planting Seeds” project was based on her NSF Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) award to Nazareth College entitled, “Interdisciplinary Teaching: using the study of sprouts to teach mathematics and science at a liberal arts college.” Dr. Brown continues to serve the educational mission of BSA as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Planting Science project. In addition, she has been a long-time, active member of the Teaching Section of the BSA and has made several presentations related to the integration of her teaching and research, which includes the study of competition for pollination between invasive and native species.
- Dr. Michael Pollan - Michael is a Knight Professor at the University of California--Berkeley and Director of the Knight Program for Science and Environmental Journalism there. Author of such best-selling books about plants as "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World," "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," and "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," he has awakened a basic interest in plants as food like no other author in recent times. The New York Times Book Review sums up his approach like this: "Pollan has a wide-ranging intellect, an eager grasp of evolutionary biology, and a subversive streak that helps him to root out some wonderfully counterintuitive points. His prose both shimmers and snaps, and he has a knack for finding perfect quotes in the oddest places… Best of all, Pollan really loves plants." One of today's university science students commented: "When you read each of Pollan's books, you just can't stop until you reach the very last page, and then, you feel you must to tell someone about all you've learned! Pollan proposes a new (yet very old) answer to the question of what we should eat: 'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.'" With this award, the BSA wishes to recognize Dr. Pollan's carefully researched and far-reaching contributions to public awareness and understanding of plants via more than a dozen popular-press works.
- Darbaker Prize
- The Darbaker Prize in Phycology is given each year in memory of Dr. Leasure K. Darbaker. It is presented to a resident of North America for meritorious work in the study of microscopic algae based on papers published in English by the nominee during the last two full calendar years. The two Darbaker prize winners for 2008 are Debashish Bhattacharya and Virginia (Ginger) Armbrust:
- Dr. D. Bhattacharya was nominated on the basis of his contributions to an international tree of life project and phylogeny papers published on a wide range of algal groups during the years of 2006 and 2007, particularly Li, S., T. Nosenko, J.D. Hackett, and D. Bhattacharya. 2006. Phylogenomic analysis provides evidence for the endosymbiotic transfer of red algal genes in chromalveolates. Mol. Biol. Evol. 23:663-674.
- Dr. V. Armbrust was cited for several notable research contributions on the biology of diatoms in 2006 and 2007, including the following: Oudot-Le Secq, M.-P., J. Grimwood, H. Shapiro, C. Bowler, E. V. Armbrust and B R. Green. 2007. Chloroplast genomes of the diatoms Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Thalassiosira pseudonana: comparison with other plastid genomes of the red lineage. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 277:427-429.
- Lawrence Memorial Award
- The Lawrence Memorial Fund was established at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, to commemorate the life and achievements of its founding director, Dr. George H. M. Lawrence. Proceeds from the Fund are used to make an annual Award in the amount of $2000 to a doctoral candidate to support travel for dissertation research in systematic botany or horticulture, or the history of the plant sciences.
- The recipient of the Award is selected from candidates nominated by their major professors. Nominees may be from any country and the Award is made strictly on the basis of merit - the recipient's general scholarly promise and significance of the research proposed. The Award Committee includes representatives from the Hunt Institute, The Hunt Foundation, the Lawrence family, and the botanical community.
- The Lawrence Memorial Award for 2008 goes to Mr. Dylan O. Burge, a student of Professor Paul Manos at Duke University. The proceeds of the award will help support his travel for field and collections-based work in an integrative research study of the genus Ceanothus.
- SPECIAL AWARD
Dr. Pamela Soltis, Out-going BSA President, University of Florida
- The Botanical Society of America presents a special award to Dr. Soltis expressing gratitude and appreciation for outstanding contributions and support for the Society. Pam has provided exemplary contributions to the Society in terms of leadership, time, and effort.
- SPECIAL AWARD
Dr. Karen Renzaglia, Out-going BSA Program Director, Southern Illinois University
- The Botanical Society of America presents a special award to Dr. Renzaglia expressing gratitude and appreciation for outstanding contributions and support for the Society.
- SPECIAL AWARD
Ms. Mackenzie Taylor, First-ever BSA Student Representative to the Executive Committee, University of Tennessee
- The Botanical Society of America presents a special award to Mackenzie expressing gratitude and appreciation for outstanding contributions and support for the Society.
- Vernon I. Cheadle Student Travel Awards (BSA in association with the Developmental and Structural Section)
- This award was named in honor of the memory and work of Dr. Vernon I. Cheadle.
- James Cohen - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Advisor, Dr. Jerrold Davis - Botany 2008 presentation: "The World of Walled Marriages: Comparative Floral Development in Lithospermum."
- Nathan Jud - Ohio University, Athens, OH - Advisor, Dr. Gar W. Rothwell - Botany 2008 presentation: "Anatomy of an Upper Cretaceous bennettitalean stem."
- Natalia Pabon Mora - New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY - Advisor, Dr. Amy Litt - Botany 2008 presentation: "Functional evolution of the AP1/FUL gene lineage in non-core eudicot plants."
- Renate Wuersig - Purdue University, West Lafayette. IN - Advisor, Dr. Michael Zanis - Botany 2008 presentation: "The Natural History of C-class Genes: Independent Duplication Events in Diverse Angiosperm Lineages."
- Conant "Botanical Images" Student Travel Awards
- This award provides acknowledgement and travel support to BSA meetings for outstanding student work in the area of creating botanical digital images.
- John Schenk, Washington State University, Pullman, WA - Advisor, Dr. Larry Hufford - First Place - $500 Botany 2008 Student Travel Award
- Matthew Valente, University of Tennessee, TN - Advisor, Dr. Joseph Williams - Second Place - $250 Botany 2007 Student Travel Award
- Mauricio Diazgranados, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO - Advisor, Dr. Janet C. Barber - Third Place - $100 Botany 2007 Student Travel Award
- Michael Cichan Award (Paleobotanical Section)
- This award was named in honor of the memory and work of Michael A Cichan, who died in a plane crash in August of 1987 and was established to encourage work by young researchers at the interface of structural and evolutionary botany. This award is given to a young scholar for a paper published during the previous year in the fields of evolutionary and/or structural botany.
- The Michael Cichan Award for 2008 is presented to Dr. Maria A. Gandolfo, Cornell University, for her paper titled: “Fossil Nelumbonaceae from the La Colonia Formation (Campanian-Maastrichtian, Upper Cretaceous), Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina.” Co-author on the paper is N. R. Cuneo.
- Isabel Cookson Award (Paleobotanical Section)
- Established in 1976, the Isabel Cookson Award recognizes the best student paper presented in the Paleobotanical Section
- Cyrille Prestianni of Universite de Liege, Géologie, is the 2008 award recipient for the paper entitled, “"Xenotheca” and Pseudosporogonites: two Belgian acupulate seeds?.” Co-authors were Jason Hilton and Philippe Gerrienne.
- Katherine Esau Award (Developmental and Structural Section)
- This award was established in 1985 with a gift from Dr. Esau and is augmented by ongoing contributions from Section members. It is given to the graduate student who presents the outstanding paper in developmental and structural botany at the annual meeting.
- This year’s award goes to Alana Oldham, from Humboldt State University, for her paper “Height-Associated Variation in Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood) Leaf Anatomy: Potential Impacts on Whole-Tree Carbon Balance.” Her co-authors were Stephen Sillett and George Koch.
- Margaret Menzel Award (Genetics Section)
- The Margaret Menzel Award is presented by the Genetics Section for the outstanding paper presented in the contributed papers sessions of the annual meetings.
- This year’s award goes to Michael Barker, University of British Columbia, for the paper “Evolutionary genomics of hybridization: Detecting ancient hybridization and introgression by the inference of intrologs in plant genomes." Co-author was Loren H. Rieseberg.
- Maynard Moseley Award (Paleobotanical and Developmental and Structural Sections)
- The Maynard F. Moseley Award was established in 1995 to honor a career of dedicated teaching, scholarship, and service to the furtherance of the botanical sciences. Dr. Moseley, known to his students as “Dr. Mo”, died Jan. 16, 2003 in Santa Barbara, CA, where he had been a professor since 1949. He was widely recognized for his enthusiasm for and dedication to teaching and his students, as well as for his research using floral and wood anatomy to understand the systematics and evolution of angiosperm taxa, especially waterlilies. (PSB, Spring, 2003). The award is given to the best student paper, presented in either the Paleobotanical or Developmental and Structural sessions, that advances our understanding of plant structure in an evolutionary context.
- Eric Madrid, from the University of Colorado, is the 2008 Moseley Award recipient, for his paper "Female Gametophyte Developmental Evolution in Piperales." His co-author was Ned Friedman.
- Emanuel D. Rudolph Award (Historical Section)
- The Emanuel D. Rudolph Award is given by the Historical Section of the BSA for the best student presentation/poster of a historical nature at the annual meetings.
- This year’s award goes to Sarah Kelsey, Rutgers University, for her poster: “The Establishment and Persistence of Plants Introduced to New Jersey by Solid Ballast on Ships.” Co-authors were Sasha Eisenman and Lena Struwe.
- THE GRADY L. WEBSTER AWARD
- This award was established in 2006 by Dr. Barbara D. Webster, Grady’s wife, and Dr. Susan V. Webster, his daughter, to honor the life and work of Dr. Grady L. Webster. The American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America are pleased to join together in honoring Grady Webster.
This year marks the first time that the American Society of Plant Taxonomist present the Webster Award. This year’s $1000 award is made to: Walter Judd, University of Florida, Gainsville.
- Edgar T. Wherry Award (Pteridological Section and the American Fern Society)
- The Edgar T. Wherry Award is given for the best paper presented during the contributed papers session of the Pteridological Section. This award is in honor of Dr. Wherry’s many contributions to the floristics and patterns of evolution in ferns.
- This year’s awards go to Mary Stensvold, of USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region, for her paper, “Genetic diversity in the Botrychium lunaria (Ophioglossaceae) complex." Her co-author was Don Farrar; and
- Melanie Link-Perez of Miami University, for her paper, “Toward a Redefinition of Adiantopsis Fée (Pteridaceae).” Co-authors were Linda Watson and Jim Hickey.
- The BSA Graduate Student Research Award including the J. S. Karling Award
- The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards support graduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendations. Withing the award group is the Karling Graduate Student Research Award. This award was instituted by the Society in 1997 with funds derived through a generous gift from the estate of the eminent mycologist, John Sidney Karling (1897-1994), and supports and promotes graduate student research in the botanical sciences. The 2008 award recipients are:
- J. S. Karling Graduate Student Research Award
- Samuel Brockington, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Advisors, Drs. Pamela & Douglas Soltis, Evolution and Development of Petals within Aizoaceae (Caryophyllales)
- BSA Graduate Student Research Awards
- Tatiana Arias, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Advisor, Dr. M. Alejandra Jaramillo, Did adaptation to different light environments facilitate the diversification of neotropical Piper (Piperaceae)? Phylogeny and evolution of plant architecture of Piper clade Radula
- Mauricio Diazgranados, Saint Louis University and Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO - Advisor, Dr. Janet C. Barber, Phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships between the frailejones (subtribe Espeletiinae, family Asteraceae) of the South American páramos
- Patrick Edger, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Advisor, Dr. J. Chris Pires, Resolving the Phylogeny of the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) and its application to date two ancestral whole genome duplication events and to reconstruct the ancestral karyotype for phylogenomics
- Kyra Krakos, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, - Advisor, Dr. Peter H. Raven, Shifts in Reproductive Biology Drive Diversification in Oenothera
- Patrick McIntyre, University of California, Davis, CA - Advisor. Dr. Sharon Y Strauss, Polyploidy, niche variation, and local adaptation in the Claytonia perfoliata (Portulacaceae) complex
- Amy Parachnowitsch, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Advisor, Dr. Andre Kessler, Natural Selection on Floral Traits by Mutualists and Antagonists
- Olofron Plume, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Advisor, Dr. Jeff Doyle, Molecular Systematics of Genus Calendula (Asteraceae): Species phylogeny, origins of hybrid and polyploid taxa, and the evolution of terpene diversity across the genus
- Stein Servick, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Advisors, Drs. Pamela & Douglas Soltis, Genetic Consequences of Autopolyploidy in Galax urceolata (Diapensiaceae)
- Mackenzie Taylor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - Advisor, Dr. Joseph Williams, Comparative Mating Systems in Cabombaceae (Nymphaeales)
- Developmental & Structural Section Student Travel Awards
- Julien Bachelier, Institute of Systematic Botany, Zurich, Switzerland - Dr. Peter K. Endress - Botany 2008 presentation: "Floral structure of Kirkia wilmsii: implications for the systematic relationship of Kirkiaceae and the Anacardiaceae-Burseraceae clade (Sapindales)."
- Songhita Das, University of Texas, Austin, TX - Advisor, Dr. Mona Mehdy - Botany 2008 presentation: "Understanding the Mechanisms and Functions of French Bean PvPRP1 Gene Down-regulation During the Defense Response in Transgenic Arabidopsis."
- Chunmiao Feng, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC - Advisors, Drs. Jenny Xiang and Robert G. Franks - Botany 2008 presentation: "Comparative developmental study of inflorescence in Cornus."
- Alana Oldham, Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA - Advisor, Dr. Stephen Sillett - Botany 2008 presentation: "Associated Variation in Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood) Leaf Anatomy: Potential Impacts on Whole-Tree Carbon Balance."
- Nicholas Stanich, Ohio University, Athens, OH - Advisor, Dr. Gar W. Rothwell - Botany 2008 presentation: "Early Cretaceous Equisetum fossils confirm that the modern evolutionary radiation was well underway 136 million years ago."
- Developmental & Structural Section Best Student Poster Award
Roger Meicenheimer, Miami University, for his poster, “To Break or Not To Break? – It's What's Inside that Counts!” co-authored with Douglas Coffin and Eric Chapman.
- Ecology Section Award, Best Student Poster
Iman Sylvain, of Howard University, for her poster, “Comparison of Seedling Fitness in the Hyperaccumulator, Alyssum murale Waldst and Kit. (Brassicaceae) in Soils With and Without Nickel.”
- Ecology Section Student Travel Awards
- Katie Becklin, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Advisor, Dr. Candace Galen - Botany 2008 presentation: "The good, the bad, and the costly: Effects of shading and drought on the costs and benefits of mycorrhizae."
- Jocelyn Campbell, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC - Advisor, Dr. Cindy Prescott - Botany 2008 presentation: "Expanding the realized niche for cyanolichens in wet-temperate forests of interior British Columbia."
- Andrew Simpson, California State University, Chico, CA - Advisor, Dr. Kristina A. Schierenbeck - Botany 2008 presentation: "Multiple causal factors influence propagule size gradients in Arctostaphylos (Ericaceae)."
- Meghan Skaer, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA - Advisor, Dr. Hall Cushman - Botany 2008 presentation: "Evaluating the Effects of Cattle Grazing on a Coastal Prairie in Central California."
- Genetics Section Graduate Student Research Awards
- The 2008 recipients of the Genetics Section Graduate Student Research Awards, each of which provides $500 for research funds and an additional $500 for attendance at a future BSA meeting, are:
Renate Wuersig, Purdue University (PhD student) and
Sunni J. Taylor, Texas State University (MS Student)
- Genetics Section Student Travel Awards
- Aaron Duffy, Utah State University, Logan, UT - Advisor, Dr. Paul G. Wolf - Botany 2008 presentation: "Conservation of selection on matK in ferns following an ancient loss of the trnK intron by genome inversion."
- Mycological Section Student Travel Awards
- Katie Becklin, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Advisor, Dr. Candace Galen - Botany 2008 presentation: "The good, the bad, and the costly: Effects of shading and drought on the costs and benefits of mycorrhizae."
- Phycological Section Student Travel Award
- Kendra Bunner, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Advisor, Dr. Martha Cook - Botany 2008 presentation: "Description of Zoospore Structure and Development in Entransia fimbriata (Charophyceae)."
- Physiological Section Li-Cor Prize - Best Paper
- Uromi Goodale, Yale University, for her talk “Physiological acclimation of pioneer species to changing light environments."
- Physiological Section Poster Award
- Nicole Hughes of Wake Forest University, for her poster entitled, “Coordination of anthocyanin decline and photosynthetic maturation in juvenile leaves of three deciduous tree species.” Her co-authors are Christianna Morely and William Smith.
- Phytochemical Section Student Travel Award
- Cary Pirone, Florida International University, FL - Advisor, Dr. David Lee - Botany 2008 presentation: “A Mammalian Pigment in the Plant Kingdom.”
- Pteridological Section Student Travel Awards
- Jay Bolin, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA - Dr. Lytton J. Musselman - Botany 2008 presentation:
"Unraveling the reticulate evolutionary history of the Isoetes hyemalis complex."
- Emily Butler, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI - Advisor, Dr. Thomas J. Givnish - Botany 2008 presentation:
"In the Light of Evolution: A Proposal to Integrate Phylogeny and Ecophysiology in New World Dryopteris."
- Amber Churchill, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA - Advisor, Dr. J. Edward Watkins - Botany 2008 presentation:
" A Site for Sori: Consequences of Fertile/Sterile Leaf Dimorphism in Ferns."
- Michael Sundue, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY - Advisor, Dr. Robbin Moran - Botany 2008 presentation:
" Systematics of grammitid ferns: Lellingeria, Melpomene, and Terpsichore."
- Southeastern Section Student Travel Award
- Nicole Hughes, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC - Advisor, Dr. William K. Smith - Botany 2008 presentation:
" Winter color change: The adaptive role of anthocyanin pigments in leaves of broadleaf evergreen species."
- The BSA Young Botanist Awards
- The purpose of these awards are to offer individual recognition to outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences and to encourage their participation in the Botanical Society of America. The 2008 "Certificate of Special Achievement" award recipients are:
- Jared Barnes, University of Tennessee, Martin, TN - Advisor, Dr. Darrell L. Ray
- Jennifer Bufford, Willamette University, Salem, OR - Advisor, Dr. Susan R. Kephart
- Bethany Butler, Miami University, Oxford, OH - Advisor, Dr. Nancy L. Smith-Huerta
- Nate Ellis, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Advisor, Dr. J. Chris Pires
- Britnie Foutch, Indiana University, South Bend, IN - Advisor, Dr. Andrew Schnabel
- Alyssa Hartson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI - Advisor, Dr. Sara Hoot
- Nguyet Hoang, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK - Advisor, Dr. Scott Russell
- Brittiney Hofmann, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN - Advisor, Dr. Ella L. Ingram
- Hayley Kilroy, Miami University, Oxford, OH - Advisor, Dr. David L. Gorchov
- Laura Lagomarsino, University of California, Berkeley, CA - Advisor, Dr. Chelsea D. Specht
- Hannah Marx, University of Washington, Seattle, WA - Advisor, Dr. Richard Olmstead
- Shauna McDonald, Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA - Advisor, Dr. Alexandru M.F. Tomescu
- Lachezar Nikolov, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA - Advisor, Dr. N. Michele Holbrook
- BreAnne Nott, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL - Advisor, Dr. Scott Meiners
- Ana Piedrahita, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Advisor, Drs. Pamela & Douglas Soltis
- Nikki Pisula, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL - Advisor, Dr. Scott J. Meiners
- Amber Pouncey, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Advisor, Drs. Pamela & Douglas Soltis
- Jenna Rosenwasser, Connecticut College, New London, CT - Advisor, Dr. T. Page Owen, Jr.
- Jen Rushford, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY - Advisor, Dr. Christopher T. Martine
- Lauren Schwartz, Willamette University, Salem, OR - Advisor, Dr. Susan R. Kephart
- Logan Senack, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT - Advisor, Dr. Kent E. Holsinger
- Erin Shanle, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL - Advisor, Dr. Barbara Crandall-Stotler
- Patricia Soria, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Advisor, Drs. Pamela & Douglas Soltis
- Nick Stanich, Ohio University, Athens, OH - Advisor, Dr. Gar W. Rothwell
- Laura Weingartner, Miami University, Oxford, OH - Advisor, Dr. Michael A. Vincent
- Anthony Westby, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS - Advisor, Dr.
- Kirsten Wright, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA - Advisor, Dr. Andreas Madlung